Music Whenever: Denys Baptiste, Kid Congo, Gal Costa & More…

Denys Baptiste

We start with a performance from UK saxophonist/composer Denys Baptiste: it’s “Dusk Dawn,” from last year’s album, The Last Trane. As you might expect from that album title, it’s based on the work of John Coltrane…this track is specifically from Coltrane’s 1965 album, Kulu Sé Mama. There’s really only one other thing to say about this: let it be your life goal to love something you do as much as the gentleman drumming in this video absolutely freaking loves playing the drums.

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Music Whenever: Solillaquists of Sound, Owiny Sigoma Band, Bottle Tree & More…

Solillaquists of Sound

In yet another example of songs that appear in my iTunes and I have no idea when or how they arrived (I think I acquire music during my “blackouts,” as my therapist calls them), I ran across Solillaquists of Sound. And my reaction is that I’m pissed it has taken me so long to discover these guys. I mean…this is from 2009. There’s just too much music, folks. Everyone just needs to take a break with the making music nonsense because I can’t catch up. Anyway, where was I–oh yes. The song kicks off with Swamburger, continues to kick off, then when Alexandrah fires up about 1:35 in…it’s kind of all over at that point. If you’re not on board at that point, then I don’t know what you want from life, people. The rest of the album, No More Heroes, is more of the same inspired madness. Having seen the music video for this, I’d just like to add that whatever coffee producer DiViNCi enjoys…I want some. Find their site here, their Facebook here, and all their music on their Bandcamp page.

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Music Whenever: Kat Robichaud, Dan Deacon, The Delegators & More…

Kat Robichaud

Hello again. So as stated, it’s been a bit rough of late and 2016 has gotten off to such a shaky start, it’s almost like being in an Irwin Allen film. So for this go round, I’ve picked six songs that are at least relatively cheery, so we collectively get some musical therapy, yes? Yes.

First things first. I had no idea Kat Robichaud was on The Voice. I know as much about The Voice versus other reality shows as I do about badminton versus other versions of sportsball. With just about the same level of caring. What I do care about is this song, which I’ve played a ridiculous number of times. This is the second version on her album, the “Ringmaster” rendition, which I prefer to the “original” because this sounds more anarchic and mental. And I am drawn to songs that sound like they’re recorded in the middle of an electric street carnival. You are Jack’s utter lack of surprise. The album she released with The Darling Misfits is, appropriately enough, Kat Robichaud and The Darling Misfits. You can find the album on Amazon and her website with all of her linkages can be found here.

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Music Whenever: MeLo-X, Cardiknox, Slug & More…

MeLo-X

First track, we have MeLo-X, an artist (one of those people who just tries out various types of media like you or I change our socks) based out of New York City. He has an EP, Curate, coming out later this year. The track “Baby Eye” combines an excellent and initially sparse array of beats with vocals that provide some actually serious reflection on the screwed up race situation we have with armed authorities and then…starts reflecting on reflecting on it. It goes meta quickly and it’s damn excellent.

You can find him on Soundcloud here and his official site is here.

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Widge’s Favorite Music of 2012, Part 3A: The Songs

Regina Spektor

So, not too bad then. Here we are with Part 3 of my ongoing experiment in listening to more music than any one individual should. But what can I say? I said I was addicted; I never said it was a problem. To clarify: these aren’t songs so much as individual songs that were not released as singles. They were either on a single or an album and stood out to me over the rest of the album. I’m sure you might have a differing opinion of some of these, but it’s a big Internet. These are mine. As before, we have worthy contenders in alphabetical order followed by, in the next post, my personal Top 10. Enjoy.

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Widge’s Favorite Music of 2012, Part 2: The EPs

Seven Lions

Yes, I know, this is even more insane to post this now considering I posted Part 1 back in July. However, two things: one, 2014 was…problematic at times to say the least. Some days, music is all that kept me from jumping out of my office window. Considering I work in a basement office, that would have simply been confusing and messy. Second thing: I am still finding music from all eras that I’ve never heard before. The other day I discovered a fantastic track only to discover it was from 2005. Or there’s the compilation Those Shocking, Shaking Days which consists of badass Indonesian music from the 1970s. So I figure there’s gotta be something in this mix of stuff you haven’t heard. And, if nothing else, hey, it’s an experiment. Read all about it in the first post.

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